10-30-2012, 08:28 PM
HOW TO CREATE YOUR ALEXANDRIAN CHARACTER
To join Alexandria, those interested must file a citizenship form that will enable them to create their character in Alexandria. For reasons of consistency and realism, it will be assumed in the game automatically that all characters are at the age of majority or above (age 18+).
To go ahead and get your citizenship form started - we ask that you provide us with the full name of your Alexandrian character, place of birth, date of birth, place of residence, among other information. Then, we will ask you to give us as much detail as possible as to the "nature" of the existence of your character, as well as your character's family background, his youth, his career and his family life.
There are some limits to what you can include without express consent from a Game Administrator. This tends to include previous positions of power, such as being Mayor of a given city, or serving in a previous Government in some capacity. Players with some experience who restart may be given the opportunity to play as such characters as a reward to their devotion to the game, however. Making up that you served in Government before is easy. Living up to that claim is what's hard. Whatever you include in your biography, make sure you know enough to role-play it adequately.
Game administrators have the right to correct the applications as needed:
- You cannot claim noble titles, honors, and political positions that you do not have.
- Offensive, lewd, or obscene names will not be allowed access to the game until the name is corrected and changed.
- Your character's name CANNOT be that of ANY famous person, living or dead.
- All biographies are subject to review and approval - this is why the game simulates the process of obtaining citizenship, to ensure that everyone's biography matches Alexandrian canon.
- We encourage you to take up a name that matches Alexandria's multi-cultural identity: French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Hawaiian, and Native cultures.
The information you provide regarding the background of your character may end up being used against you by opponents, with effect depending on your position and political stances. For example, if you are appointed Minister for Families and you have been a bachelor all your life, this will probably be noted by the unfriendly press. Also, using your biography for your gain only works if your character actually acts in a way consistent with the biography you have provided. It's not enough to say "I went to IUA Central Campus!". Saying "in all my years as a teacher, I encountered many students who did X, and now we have a report that discusses that issue", for example, will probably be more effective. You need to remember that making up biographies is easy. Living up to them, though, may not be.
In Character and Out of Character (IC and OOC)
The first thing that needs to be said about character creation may sound pretty simple but you will find that it's not always the case: there is a difference between yourself and the character you play in the game. Even if your character has the same beliefs as you, even if the character has the same name as you, you are two different entities, and there is a clear separation between being "in character" and "out of character". Blurring that distinction will lead to much unnecessary stress and hassle - remember to take a break to cool off if you see this distinction blur.